Nancy Drew: Treasure in the Royal Tower

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Nancy Drew: Treasure in the Royal Tower
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Developer(s) Her Interactive
Publisher(s) DreamCatcher
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release
  • NA: August 1, 2001
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single player

Treasure in the Royal Tower is the fourth installment in the Nancy Drew point-and-click adventure game series by Her Interactive.[1][2][3][4] The game is available for play on Microsoft Windows platforms, it has an ESRB rating of E for moments of mild violence and peril. Players take on the first-person view of fictional amateur sleuth Nancy Drew and must solve the mystery through interrogation of suspects, solving puzzles, and discovering clues. There are two levels of gameplay, Junior and Senior detective modes, each offering a different difficulty level of puzzles and hints, however neither of these changes affect the actual plot of the game, the game was loosely based on a book titled The Treasure in the Royal Tower (1995).[5][6]

Plot[edit]

Nancy Drew is snowed-in at the Wickford Castle Ski Resort in Wisconsin. Not long after she arrived the castle’s historic library was vandalized, and one of the guests was shouting that her room had been robbed.

The castle was originally owned by a millionaire who had Marie Antoinette’s tower from the Château Rochemont in France taken apart and rebuilt into Wickford Castle, but the entrance is hidden and sealed off. Nancy needs to explore the castle for clues and find her way into the Queen’s tower.

Development[edit]

Characters[edit]

  • Nancy Drew - Nancy is an eighteen-year-old amateur detective from the fictional town of River Heights in the United States. She is the only playable character in the game, which means the player must solve the mystery from her perspective.
  • Dexter Egan - Dexter was an orphan who was adopted by the castle's original owner, millionaire Ezra Wickford. Dexter grew up in the castle and now resides there as the caretaker. Are there secrets about the castle that he's trying to hide?
  • Jacques Brunais - Jacques is a former French Olympic skier who has now retired as a ski instructor at Wickford Castle. He has a fiancé named Isabelle whom he is very eager to marry, his great grandfather helped prepare the castle's tower for shipment to Wisconsin, so perhaps his ties to the castle run deeper than meets the eye.
  • Lisa Ostrum - Lisa is a photojournalist who is at the castle to write an article about old Midwestern mansions. She loves to gossip about the other people in the castle, and she seems very interested in the castle's tower. Could she have an ulterior motive for picking this castle for her story?
  • Professor Beatrice Hotchkiss - Professor Hotchkiss is an eccentric woman who was robbed but refuses to leave her room to talk to anyone about what happened. Chatty and knowledgeable, she is a scholar of French History specializing in Marie Antoinette. Is she trying to keep the treasure hidden by the doomed queen for herself?

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
The Electric Playground6/10[8]
Discovery School9.5/10[9]

According to PC Data, Treasure in the Royal Tower sold 42,363 units in North America during 2001,[10] and another 18,301 units in the first three months of 2002.[11] Its sales in the region for the year 2003 totaled 36,847 units;[12] in the United States alone, the game's computer version sold between 100,000 and 300,000 units by August 2006.[13] Combined sales of the Nancy Drew adventure game series reached 500,000 copies in North America by early 2003,[14] and the computer entries reached 2.1 million sales in the United States alone by August 2006. Remarking upon this success, Edge called Nancy Drew a "powerful franchise".[13]

Treasure in the Royal Tower received a "Gold" Parents' Choice Award in fall 2001.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fournier, Heidi (April 6, 2004). "Nancy Drew: Treasure in the Royal Tower review". Adventure Gamers. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ Stone, David (February 2, 2010). "Nancy Drew: Treasure in the Royal Tower Review". Gamezebo. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ Ivey, Ray (September 4, 2012). "Nancy Drew: Treasure in the Royal Tower". Just Adventure. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ Laarni Almendrala Ragaza (November 26, 2001). "Nancy Drew: Treasure in the Royal Tower". PC Mag. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ [1], Treasure in the Royal Tower Teaser Trailer
  6. ^ "Nancy Drew Treasure in the Royal Tower | Girl Games Online". Her Interactive. Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Nancy Drew Treasure in the Royal Tower IMDb". 
  8. ^ MacIsaac, Jason (March 8, 2002). "Nancy Drew: Treasure in the Royal Tower Review". The Eletric Playground. Archived from the original on July 16, 2002. 
  9. ^ Staff (August 2001). "Review Corner; Nancy Drew Treasure in the Royal Tower". Discovery School. Archived from the original on December 6, 2001. 
  10. ^ Sluganski, Randy (March 2002). "State of Adventure Gaming - March 2002 - 2001 Sales Table". Just Adventure. Archived from the original on June 19, 2002. 
  11. ^ Sluganski, Randy (May 2002). "State of Adventure Gaming - May 2002 - March 2002 Sales Table". Just Adventure. Archived from the original on June 11, 2004. 
  12. ^ Sluganski, Randy (March 2004). "Sales December 2003 - The State of Adventure Gaming". Just Adventure. Archived from the original on April 11, 2004. 
  13. ^ a b Edge Staff (August 25, 2006). "The Top 100 PC Games of the 21st Century". Edge. Archived from the original on October 17, 2012. 
  14. ^ Sluganski, Randy (April 2003). "The State of Adventure Gaming". Just Adventure. Archived from the original on April 7, 2003. 
  15. ^ Oldenburg, Don (Fall 2001). "Parents' Choice Gold Award: Nancy Drew: Treasure in the Royal Tower". Parents' Choice Foundation. Archived from the original on August 24, 2004. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion
Nancy Drew Computer Games Succeeded by
Nancy Drew: The Final Scene